8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching … (Romans 10).
God is near anyone who is listening for Him. Indeed, the fact that they are listening at all is only because He has drawn them near to Him. That listening is “the word of faith” resonating within them — drawing them away from the world and the flesh, creating dissatisfaction with their own feeble attempts at religion, and drawing them in a yearning for a personal relationship with God.
He is even near the heathen looking up at the sky and wondering if there is more to religion than just leaving rice and libation by a pagan altar at night. Yes, this was the case of a young woman named Bia (Bee-ya), deep in the jungles of a third-world country, whom God was drawing to Himself — even before His messengers came to tell her about Jesus. Then, upon hearing the Gospel message, she immediately embraced the Christ as Her personal Lord and Savior.
Lord, we thank You for Your blessed nearness! Yes, we proclaim this truth along with the Psalmist, “But as for me, the nearness of God is my good” (Psalm 73:28). Help us This Day to be Your faithful messengers to anyone else to whom You are drawing near to You. Amen.